Jesus tells us why it is best to be humble in Luke 18:14.
…for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Prior to saying this Jesus was telling a parable of how 2 different kind of men prayed.
The Pharisee was very boastful and proud, exalting himself, while the publican was very humble in his prayer.
Jesus said those that exalt themselves shall be abased.
Abased means to be put down or degraded.
He also said those that humble themselves shall be exalted.
To be exalted means to be lifted up high or at a powerful level.
Jesus often tells us the reverse of what our flesh wants to hear.
Our flesh wants us to think that to humble yourself places you lower than everyone else and that can’t be a good thing.
But, according to Jesus, to be humble is the highest position that one can attain.